Everyone has a different dish that really brings comfort home to them. Comfort food refers to that which brings nostalgic or sentimental value and that is why it can be something different for every person.
To most Americans comfort food means mac and cheese, meatloaf, and pot pie. But to most Jewish people, true comfort food comes in the form of chulent and kugel and schnitzel and deli roll.
So here you have 18 of the best Jewish comfort foods of all time, from the classics to the slightly updated.
18 Jewish Comfort Foods
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Below are the 10 best recipes for 5 of the most famous Jewish comfort foods, since it can be a contentious subject they are not listed in any particular order, we all deserve to choose our own favorite foods! A lot of people have family recipes from Bubbe, so let us know what you do different to make your classic Jewish foods truly comforting!
Garlic Honey Brisket: Jamie’s go-to, fool-proof brisket recipe that is as delicious as it is simple, or if you’re looking for a more barbecue inspired brisket try the “Overnight” BBQ Beef Brisket. It’s hard to believe that brisket could be a gal’s best friend, but after tossing it in a marinade just sit back and let it do all the work while you reap the rewards of comforted and fully bellies alongside smiling faces.
Matzo Ball Soup: Otherwise known as Jewish Penicillin, and let me say not a week goes by in the winter when I don’t find a way to get some high-quality homemade matzo ball soup. As long as you don’t pound them into baseballs, these will always bring comfort, but if someone is not a matzo ball fan try theWild Rice Chicken Soup.
Geller Family Challah: Possibly the most famous challah recipe out there and even though it calls for a 6 pound bag of flour, you may devour most of it before anyone else realizes how much you made! If there happens to be extra challah dough, make it into Challah Dough Cinnamon Buns for a warm erev-Shabbos treat.
Potato Kugel: Everyone always fights over the crispy corners, but serve them as individual kugel cups everyone will get their own! You can also make this without the cups, just be sure to cook it in a glass pyrex, it helps to make it extra crispy. Another must have is the classic Yerushalmi, or Salt and Pepper Kugel, the salt and pepper are a savory kick that differentiates this kugel from its otherwise sweet counterpart, raisin noodle kugel.
Family Heirloom Chulent: If people think post-Thanksgiving meal naps are a sport, then post-cholent Shabbos naps must be the marathon equivalent. Whether you prefer old fashioned Ashkenazi chulent or are more of the Israeli Hamin fan, both have an abundant mix of carbs and meats to keep everyone at the table satisfied.
Check out more Shabbos ideas here!